We didn’t have big plans for Thanksgiving and we don’t do Black Friday anymore, so we decided a little family staycation was in order. Sometimes there is nothing more fun than spending the night in a hotel, even if it’s not necessary. The kids always think it’s a blast.
I heard about the Holiday River Parade on the Riverwalk on Friday night, so we decided to plan everything around that. I’m a fan of Christmas parades, but one with floats lit up and on the river? I’m sold. I bought the tickets and started looking around at hotels. I ended up booking a suite at the Holiday Inn San Antonio-Riverwalk. Why not go all out and make it extra fun, right?
The hotel was recently renovated and it shows. The entire place was gorgeous, but also warm and inviting. There is a restaurant onsite, as well as a small cafe for snacks and drinks. Our room was on the 22nd floor. It was better than the pictures online! We had a two room suite, complete with a kitchen area, two full bathrooms, two TV’s, and two balconies. Everything was new and fresh, super clean, and modern. The little one even asked if it was ok if she went to the bathroom there. It’s a hotel room! Of course you can use the bathroom silly girl.
Back to the staycation part, we checked in a few hours before the parade, with the plan to get dinner. The hotel has an exit right on the Riverwalk and the front entrance is a half a block away. We were all hungry, but every restaurant was open only for reservations for the night. This is our first holiday season in San Antonio, so we didn’t really think about how big the parade actually was. We finally found a steakhouse that was open to the public and had a surprisingly short wait. By the time we got done eating, it was pouring. I was getting email updates that the parade was still on, so we waited inside for a while. Finally, they called it. We were all prepared to watch in the rain, but safety first.
After that we just went back to the room and watched TV. I made have ordered late night room service dessert, just because I could. The night didn’t turn out like we expected, but we still had fun. The next morning we slept in, then took a walk on the Riverwalk (I like it so much more in the quiet mornings), and grabbed some breakfast.
I know everyone is familiar with the Holiday Inn brand, but they’ve kept up and offer affordable, casual hotels, while still staying stylish and modern. Kids also still stay free! Kids have stayed free since the brand opened in 1952. They were the first hotel brand to offer that, as well as the first with TV’s, air conditioning, free parking, a full service restaurant, and pools. They are in the midst of a ‘Journey to Extraordinary’ campaign and it’s safe to say they’ve completed the journey.